Conference programme



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Supernatural Creatures: from Elf-Shot to Shrek
22-24 September 2014
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
(All sessions are held at the University of Łódź Conference Centre – 16/18 Kopcinskiego Street)


Monday, September 22

Starting at 11:30

Registration


12:00-13:00

Opening
Plenary lecture 1

(Chair: Andrzej Wicher)


Martin Arnold (University of Hull)

The Name of the Dragon




13:00 – 14:30

Lunch break


14:30 – 16:30

Session 1

(Chair: Martin Arnold)


Sviatoslav Piven (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Unknown =/≠ Dangerous: Magical Creatures as the Other in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher Saga


Joanna Szwed-Śliwowska (University of Warsaw)

The League of Extraordinary Heroines - Creating Superwomen in G. R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.


Przemysław Górniak (University of Warsaw)

Of Godly Serpents and Winged Apes: The Howardian Bestiary against the Background of Mythological and Epic Monstrosities


Łukasz Neubauer (Koszalin University of Technology)

‘The Eagles are coming!’: Tolkien’s Reinterpretation of the ‘Beasts of Battle’ Motif in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings



Starting at 17:00

Sightseeing tour of Łódź




Tuesday, September 23


10:00-10:50
Plenary lecture 2

(Chair: Piotr Spyra)


Alaric Hall (University of Leeds)

Elves, Terrorists and Iceland, from Christianisation to Financial Crisis





11:00-12:30

Session 2

(Chair: Alaric Hall)


Joanna Matyjaszczyk (University of Łódź)

The Question of Classifying Revenant Balladry as a Subcategory of Ballads about Supernatural Beings


Piotr Spyra (University of Łódź)

Ben Jonson’s Alchemist – the Essential Guide to Early Modern Fairy Belief


Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (University of Łódź)

Revisiting Changeling Lore in the Irish Drama of the Celtic Revival




12:45-14:15

Lunch break

14:15 – 15:45

Session 3

(Chair: Piotr Spyra)


Hend Al-Sudairy (Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia)

The Shared Imprisonment of Human Being and Supernatural Entity in the Saudi Novel Saja’s Visit


Khorshid Norouzi (Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Traces of Supernatural Creatures in Persian Literature


Shahparak Farahbakhsh Isfahan

(Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Fable and Supernatural Animals in Persian Literature


14:15-15:15

Session 4

(Chair: Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz)


Marta Nowicka (University of Gdańsk)

Ghostly (r)Evolutions: Functions and Changes of Literary Spectral Apparitions in Selected Ghost Stories


Paulina Mirowska (University of Łódź)

Sam Shepard’s Revisionist Western: The Haunted Frontier in Silent Tongue (1994)




16:00-17:00

Session 5

(Chair: Paulina Mirowska)


Ewa Wiśniewska-Steciuk (University of Social Sciences, Łódź)

Breaking with Tradition: the Depiction of Fairy Tale Characters in Once Upon a Time


Barbara Kulesza-Gulczyńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

Why Can Mary Sue Never be a Human? - the Role of Supernatural Creatures in Fan Fiction



From 19:00

Conference Reception – Affogato Restaurant, Piotrkowska 90




Wednesday, September 24


10:00-10:50

Plenary lecture 3 (Chair: Martin Arnold)
Andrzej Wicher (University of Łódź)

The Meaning of Tolkien’s Glaurung




10:50 – 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30-13:30

Session 6

(Chair: Andrzej Wicher)


Weronika Łaszkiewicz (University of Białystok)

Peter S. Beagle and Transformations of the Mythical Unicorn


Aneta Jałocha (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)

Visions of Vampirism in Popular Culture: Transformations of Myth


Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz (University of Warsaw)

On the Human, the Sapient and the Other in the Recent Work of Terry Pratchett


Mark Wegierski (Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada) & Wojciech Szymański

Images of Elves: Examining the Extent of the Tolkienian Transformation, and Subsequent ‘Postmodern’ Visions, especially in Pratchett’s Discworld, and the Shadowrun, Warhammer, and Castle Falkenstein Role-Playing Games



From 13:45

Lunch








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